As the more paranoid among us freak out and reach for the hazmat suits, America is fighting the Ebola threat the only way it knows how: hundreds of thousands of dollars of robots, natch.

A 'germ-zapping' robot developed in San Antonio is reportedly deployed in Dallas, where doctors are treating the first Ebola patient in the US. 'Little Moe', as the germ-eliminating machine of death is lovingly known, is a bit of hospital machinery that can be wheeled into a room, and then uses UV light to sanitize the room, killing pesky germs in the process.

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Given the widespread use of robots at other hazardous cleanup sites (notably Fukushima), and the advent of robots that can perform millametric-precise surgery, I'm actually surprised that robots aren't being exclusively used to treat Ebola patients. Presumably the bedside manner is still a little wanting. [KENS5 via Mashable]